Wham - takeaway snacks in Capertee Valley

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Subject: Wham - takeaway snacks in Capertee Valley
From: Vicki Powys <>
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001 14:22:59 +1100
There was just a puff of green feathers and a feeble squark and it was all
over for a fledgling Red-rumped Parrot as it was hooked up by the talons
of.....probably a Brown Falcon, and this was just a few metres from where I
was standing.  The young parrot had recently emerged from a nest in a hollow
fence post.

Two days ago I saw a Little Eagle try to land in dense eucalypt foliage
where there was a Weebill's nest, but the raid apparently failed and the
baby Weebills are still being fattened up by mum and dad, ready for the next
takeaway customer.

Oh yes, and two weeks ago on Coco Creek I watched a Brown Goshawk on the
ground, plucking the neck feathers from a very freshly killed Tawny

Vicki Powys
Capertee Valley NSW

> on 21/11/01 7:03 PM, Timothy Hyde at  wrote:

> Close encounters of the Hobby kind

> A few months ago we spent 4 weeks hand raising
> a brown thornbill from a tiny fluff ball just a few days old

> Bird is sitting in a bush about one foot from my head
> and about one foot from the back door.
> I?m reaching up to get it and..
> Wham, Hobby dinner.
> Ain?t nature wonderful.
> Timothy Hyde
> Blue Mountains / Capertee Valley
>> John Leonard wrote:
>> Today whilst crossing a car-park at the University of Canberra I observed a
>> Hobby trying to catch Swallows over some tennis courts. To my delight it
>> swooped nearer and nearer until it flashed by me at a distance of about two
>> feet. I could feel the swoosh of its wings and noted its expression (intense
>> concentration).
>> Magic.
>> Oh, and it didn't catch a Swallow while I was watching it.
>> John Leonard

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